What to Do after a Big Rig Accident
Big Rig Accident
You could be driving along the highway, and by no fault of your own be hit by a big rig. If you find yourself involved in a big rig accident, remember these important steps in order to maximize your legal compensation.
At the Scene of the Accident
Truck accidents are complicated, there could be multiple cars involved and the severity of the accident can be huge. Call the police immediately, and ask for a police report. At the scene, gather the following:
- Truck driver information: name, license number, license plate number, insurance information, and registration
- Information of other drivers involved
- Information on the trucking company
- Photos of the accident, damage, injuries, and indicators of the accident
- Police report and officer information
After the Accident
Contact and make an appointment with a doctor as soon as possible, even if you think you are injury free. Injuries can show up over hours, days, or weeks. Keep track of all of your medical expenses. Call your insurance company as soon as you can, and tell them the facts. Do not admit fault or sign anything without speaking with a 1-800-THE-LAW2 truck accident lawyer.
Unlike a car accident, you won’t just be dealing with the driver. The truck driver, trucking company, and truck manufactures are all players in the accident. Depending on the cause of the accident, various parties or one party may be responsible, which makes it important to have legal help.
Common Factors of Big Rig Accidents
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were over 300,000 truck accidents in 2012. These accidents can happen in the blink of an eye. Factors that contribute to truck accidents are the driver, problems with the truck and equipment, weather, and road conditions. Most accidents are caused by the driver, and often related to: drugs (prescription or over-the-counter), sleep deprivation and drowsiness, loss of focus, and unfamiliarity with the roads.
Passengers and drivers need to be safe and precautious on highways, especially around big rigs. For information about avoiding truck accidents read our helpful tips for sharing the road with big rigs.
If you are involved in an accident with a big rig, call 1-800-THE-LAW2 for a free consultation with an experienced truck accident lawyer. You don’t need the added stress of dealing with trucking and insurance companies after the accident. Let us handle it for you. Our lawyers have successfully maximized the compensation for drivers and passengers. Calling 1-800-THE-LAW2 is risk free, you get paid or you don’t pay at all! Get the compensation you deserve, call 1-800-THE-LAW2.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Traffic Safety Facts, 2012 Data. Retrieved January 1, 2015.